Missouri's initial spring practice revealed a lot of injuries, and a few position changes, along the offensive line. One offensive lineman who has moved into a new spot is red-shirt freshman Brad McNulty 6'4" 290 who began the spring working at center with the number two offense.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with McNulty, and he talked about playing center, and getting started in his first spring at Missouri.
"Well, I played a little bit of center in high school," began McNulty. "I was really excited for it, when I played it in high school. I thought the position was awesome! Something that's made the transition pretty easy is the support of all of the guys. They believe in me. Whenever I need help with anything, I know that I can go talk to Travis (Ruth), or Mitch Morse, or Robert Luce."
"The coaches just pulled me into their office one day and said, "Brad, you might need to be playing a little bit of center in the spring,"" explained McNulty. "So I said, "Alright, I'll be prepared for it.""
McNulty explained that when he played center in high school, his team ran out of a shotgun formation, so he's pretty comfortable with snapping the football. Although, he pointed out that the snaps are something that he's continuing to work on.
At center, McNulty has to make the calls for the blocking scheme for all of the linemen, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. He's very intelligent, and he said that he's pretty comfortable with the mental aspect of the position.
"You have to know what everybody's doing to make sure that everybody's on the same page," explained McNulty. "If I have questions, I can always ask. I can ask some of the older guys, and they'd be more than willing to help. And, I've been going in for extra film sessions and studying the plays by myself, which has helped."
McNulty is very bright, and he has earned the coaches' trust.
"That means a great deal to me, that the coaches trust me to be able to do it," said McNulty.
In recent testing, McNulty recorded a 5.35 forty, as well as a 28" vertical jump. His maximum hang-clean is 347 pounds and he's bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times. McNulty said that he squatted 550 pounds.
"My goals (for the spring) are to make my snaps more accurate, and to better understand the schemes and everything, so that I'll be able to communicate with my teammates, " explained McNulty. "And, I always want to compete, and to be able to move up on the depth chart."